What Makes Someone a Feminist?

The Odyssey Online recently posted an article titled I Am Not A Feminist, and That's Okay. The article, written by college student Amanda Jayne Sankey, offers a moment to stop and ask what makes someone a feminist---or not a feminist.Sankey writes as follows: Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for equal pay. I think if a woman is doing the same job as a man (and just as good of a job), she should be paid the same. And if this were the early to mid-twentieth century, I would be a feminist. But this … [Read more...]


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Kansas Lawmaker Equates Contraceptives with Eugenics

So, this happened: A member of the Kansas Senate compared long-term contraceptives to fascist eugenics during a debate Monday.Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, opposed an amendment that would have instructed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to contract with family planning providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives, similar to a Colorado initiative that reduced teen pregnancy rates.“I think it’s government treading on very dangerous territory,” Pilcher-Cook … [Read more...]


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Dissecting Grandiose Anti-Abortion Claims (part 1)

During arguments before the Supreme Court last week, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller stated that an amicus brief filed by Former Abortion Providers and the National Association of Catholic Nurses contested the settled fact that going through childbirth is etaore dangerous for a woman than having an abortion. Curious, I looked this amicus brief up, and what I found was illuminating. I'll be writing a series of three posts looking at the rhetoric and statistics used in this amicus brief to a … [Read more...]


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What Do Dating and Grocery Stores Have in Common?

I recently encountered this photo on Facebook:Text reads: "Dating without the intent of getting married is like going to the grocery store with no money. You either leave unsatisfied or take something that isn't yours." -- AnonymousWhaaaaat. Let's deconstruct this, shall we?Why is it wrong to steal food from a grocery store? Because that food belongs to someone else---namely, the owner of the grocery store. What if the grocery store owner decides to give away produce for free, … [Read more...]


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Why Empower Girls If You Can Just Protect Them?

A while back, I posted about the sexist way our society approaches fathers, daughters, and dating. You know, the whole "I'll have to get a shotgun to keep the guys away from my daughter" meme and the "I'm not letting her date until he's thirty" line. I know, I know, I've had people insist to me that it's a joke and I'm taking it too seriously, but I'm sorry, if it's a joke it's a sexist joke that perpetuates sexist ideas about women and removes agency from girls and women.Take a look at this … [Read more...]


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Why Hillary Clinton’s Gender Matters

As the Democratic Party's presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders heats up, I've noticed an increasing tendency among some to argue that Clinton's gender should be irrelevant to the decisions people make at the polls---or even that any consideration of Clinton's gender at all is anti-feminist. I couldn't disagree with this assessment more strongly.Let me be clear: I am not telling you that you should vote for Clinton. I am not even telling you that I am voting for … [Read more...]


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Time for This Millennial Mom to Buy Some Barbies!

Okay, okay, so the title of this post is slightly over the top. This past Christmas was a bit more heavy on consumerism than I'd planned and I've sworn off getting my children new toys until their birthdays, but I have to say, I am pleasantly impressed with the new direction Mattel is taking Barbie. The toy company has just announced  a move away from its classic look toward a greater embrace of diversity in body shape. The dolls in the image below are only some of the 33 new Barbies the company … [Read more...]


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